Socialization Process of Mothers with a Disabled Twins

Yuko Tomari
2005 Journal of Japan Academy of Nursing Science  
The objective of this study was to clarify the process of socialization of mothers who have twins, one of whom has a disability, and to examine their interactions with their husbands, children, and people around them using the Grounded Theory Approach. The subjects were 14 mothers with a spouse and twins, one of whom had a disability. The mothers with a disabled twin followed the socialization process of (1) beginning of nursing of twins, (2) perception and assumption of the role of a mother
more » ... h disabled and healthy twins, (3) relief from conflict with the stereotype of twins, and (4) becoming a person who is helpful to others. They first "acquired the stereotype of twins" during the period of pregnancy, felt "bewilderment due to the unfamiliarity with the disability" and "preciousness of life regardless of the disability" characteristically of parents of disabled children, experienced "looking squarely at the disability by comparing the twins" and "being busy with nursing twins one of whom is disabled" characteristically of parents having a disabled twin, and eventually "perceived differences between their own consciousness as a parent and that of their husbands." The mothers established their independent attitude of "developing mental strength" and "assuming the responsibility to support their disabled children" and acquired the role as a
doi:10.5630/jans1981.25.1_39 fatcat:re7pudonsrctnjs2gueopsws7y